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Thoughts: My city is better than yours.

Posted on 2013/07/06

source: Marfa Journal High-res version

source: Marfa Journal

What has one city, that another one lacks in? What makes my city that special? Especially in today`s globalized world, differences, originality, and aspects of lifestyle affect the discussion about the best places for living – just think about the recurrence of Monocle`s city rankings.
So even more and more magazines are conceptually settled around a place`s identity:

Rapid Urbanization in Istanbul: Ekümenopolis.

Posted on 2013/04/22

After London and Moscow, Istanbul with its nearby 15 million inhabitants, is the third largest city in Europe and makes up the biggest city in Turkey with 20% of the country`s population. Istanbul`s rapid urbanization and its neoliberal transformation, that shifted planning priorities, are discussed in the documentary Ecümenopolis: City without limits *, directed by İmre Azem. The film does not only focus on issues around transportation challenges, which have arose due to the city`s urbanization throughout the last years, but also questions the transformation process and its dynamics. Interviews with experts, academics, writers, investors, city-dwellers and community leaders make the film become a holistic experience.

[...] The neoliberal transformation that swept through the world economy during the 1980’s, and along with it the globalization process that picked up speed, brought with it a deep transformation in cities all over the world. For this new finance-centered economic structure, urban land became a tool for capital accumulation, which had deep effects on major cities of developing countries. In Istanbul, which already lacked a tradition of principled  planning, the administrators of the city blindly adopted the neoliberal approach that put financial gain ahead of people’s needs; everyone fought to get a piece of the loot; and the result is a megashantytown of 15 million struggling with mesh of life-threatening problems.

Performance: Nick Cave: HEARD•NY

Posted on 2013/03/31

Credits: via Creative Time

Creative Time is a New York-based collective, that – over the past four decades – has commissioned and presented ambitious public art projects throughout New York City and around the world. Their work is guided by three core values: art matters, artists’ voices are important in shaping society, and public spaces are places for creative and free expression.
For their latest project, HEARD•NY, artist Nick Cave transforms Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall for one week: Students from the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater moved through the station wearing Nick Cave’s Soundsuits as part of the station’s centennial celebration. What people see and hear is a herd of thirty colorful life-size horses peacefully “grazing” and tperiodically breaking into choreographed movement—or “crossings”— accompanied by live music. The project was open to the public and free of charge, presented by Creative Time and MTA Arts for Transit as part of a series of events celebrating the centennial of Grand Central.


Quote: A Refugee Protest Camp

Posted on 2013/03/30

“For at least a decade, the refugees have been caught in a situation of systematic abandonment. Their living conditions in the EU have gradually deteriorated. This process was neglected by the nation-states in the “former” Western European countries. For a long time the refugees have been systematically forced into a situation of impoverishment, deprivation, and seclusion. They have been the victims of a process of racial discrimination that has diminished and depoliticized the concept and the status of human rights.
The refugees decided themselves to break out of such a situation. They started not only by making demands, but also by performing and acting out political equality in the space of the EU’s pre-established political, social, and economic inequality. The EU survives on a constant reproduction of inequality, which is the axiom of neoliberal global capitalism. The refugees broke the predetermined space of politics in which only predetermined actors—let’s say citizens—have visibility and are taken seriously when asking for democratic rights. But the struggles and demands of the refugees—who, in the parlance of Jacques Rancière, belong to the “part-of-no-part” in the present global capitalist political reality—imposed themselves in a way that forced the people of Europe to regard them as equal.4 In so doing, they re-politicized and rearticulated the space of Europe, imposing the axiom of equality in a space of political, social, and economic inequality.”

- From: A Refugee Protest Camp in Vienna And the European Union’s Processes of Racialization, Seclusion, and Discrimination by Marina Gržinić, published on e-flux.

Photo: Andreas Edler, Refugees in Vienna, November, 2012.

When you really live in Wien, or Berlin.

Posted on 2013/03/28

Currently there`s a hype about blogs, that emphasize a city`s very specific characteristics. On the one hand side there is Ali, from the Berlinian district Neukölln, who gets portraied every morning on the Tumblr blog What Ali Wore. Ali has just gathered some kind of web prominence for his outer appearance, that`s made up by his thoughtful kind of dressing and his migration background – all this may be (freely?) associated with the city`s identity, and, furthermore, with the district Neukölln.
Neukölln, formerly known as an example for a district with social challenges, has recently become a place of gentrification. This blog can be seen as an indication of Berlin`s self-perception: Style plus ethnic mix = the hip and open-minded Berlin.
Then there are two more new blogs: When You Really Live In Berlin and, When You Really Live In Wien. Both blogs offer humorous visual (gif) answers to situations which are typical for life in the particular city, taking local mannerism for a ride: Why you get shot, when asking for a “Tüte” at the supermarket? Because you`re not in Berlin or elsewhere in Germany, but in Austria! So, ask for a “Sackerl” (which will reveal your identity either way, because you won`t be able to pronounce it the genuine way). Check these blogs out to be prepared for your next visit in Vienna or Berlin – and, never ever come out as a tourist again.

Photo credits: When You Really Live In Wien
photo on top: What Ali wore

Mobile Culture: Centre Pompidou on Tour

Posted on 2013/03/21

The meaning of the museum has been widely discussed in the recent past – is its self concept as a ´temple of culture` still appropriate in a society that`s striving for bottom-up processes and participation, when it comes – for example- to city life? But the act of presentation raises various questions when it comes to tpoics like equality in observation. How to make art easy accessible for all and, at the same time, paying respect to it through an adequate architectural situation?
Still, most museums are located in the more hip districts, in a rich cultural context. Just take a look at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, which is located in the historically grown, and culturally rich 4th Arrondissement.
But now there`s the mobile version of the Centre Pompidou, the Centre Pompidou Mobile, which currently is on its way through France, stopping over at seven destinations between 2012 and 2014. It`s the projects aim to bring art and culture into provincial towns.
The flexible construction shows a selection of fourteen art works from the Centre Pompidou and is created by the French architects Patrick Bouchain and Loïc Julienne, who have a planning background with temporary architectural installations like theatres, circuses and urban festivals.
The form of the three tents reminds of diamonds and extends to 700 square meters. In contrast to its white interior, the tent`s orange colour shall attract attention wherever it stops.

TIP: Patrick Bouchain and Loïc Julienne will present the Centre Pompidou Mobile in a lecture on March 26, 2013 in the frame of the exhibition Kultur:Stadt in Berlin. Find further information here.


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